President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984, the first Military Spouse Day. This day is when the citizens of the United States acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces along with the tremendous strength and patriotism they have. America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration, and reset.
So much of the military lifestyle is different from a traditional civilian lifestyle and these difference should be recognized.
Even when the military lifestyle becomes not normal, military spouses have a way of creating normalcy no matter how or where they are living. No matter where they live or how crazy their service member’s schedule might be, they create rituals around mealtime, bedtime, and holidays which help to make their kids feel safe.
A military spouse can often feel like “the new kid.” This can become part of the territory for both the spouses and their students. It is the resilience and courage shown by those spouses that make moving and adapting possible for those students.
Military spouses are asked to take on a prodigious amount of responsibility while the service member is away at training or deployed. Life goes on while the service member is away; acting as both mom and dad in their absence.
USD 475 appreciates military spouses on May 12, 2017, and every day. They make up our student’s families, community groups, and our workforce. Thank you for your diligent support of the military students in our district.
Happy National Military Spouse Appreciation Day!